GSMA updates launch dates: Bell, DAVE, WIND & SaskTel

bell-networkIt was only a couple weeks ago that the GSMA confirmed a September launch for TELUS‘ new HSPA network, then miraculously changed to October a couple days later.

With our Canadian wireless space changing so rapidly these days: new network launches, new carriers coming in, potential mergers and rate plans dropping… Canada is not shy of drama. However, checking out the GSMA website again today they show some updates (thanks simcity) when it comes to the carriers network launch date:

Bell Mobility Inc.: Planned September 2009
Data & Audio-Visual Enterprises Wireless Inc. (DAVE): Planned January 2010
Globalive Wireless LP (WIND Mobile): Planned November 2009
Sasktel Mobility-Cellular/PCS: Planned December 2009
TELUS Communications: Planned October 2009

Even with these dates above, things can happen and they can change just as fast as we saw the TELUS date move. There are some things we do know when it comes to possible device/product launches (there are a few other devices/products we have omitted as we are waiting on confirmation):

Bell Mobility:
BlackBerry Bold 9700, Blackberry Bold 9000, Apple iPhone, Nokia N97, Nokia 2730, Nokia 6350, LG Xenon, Samsung T746, Novatel HSPA Turbo Stick.

DAVE Wirleless (Name will change at launch):
Back in June we reported that Dave will offer BlackBerry devices and also handsets running Google’s Android platform”.In addition, on June 4th they announced “DAVE Wireless customers will be able to roam on T-Mobile USA’s growing 3G network and on T-Mobile USA’s GSM network throughout the United States. T-Mobile USA customers will be able to roam on DAVE Wireless’ UMTS network”

TELUS Mobility:
Apple iPhone, BlackBerry Bold 9700, HTC Hero, LG BL40, LG GB 255, Nokia E71

Globalive (WIND Mobile):
WIND Mobile recently announced on their site that “We will not have the iPhone at launch”, but did reveal through another post that “We will allow unlocked handsets onto our network… we are in discussions to source smart-phones from a number of vendors (including Android); and we are talking to both “brandname” manufacturers as well as some new manufacturers.”

We’ll have more info shortly… ever second that passes gets another second closer to all this great competition!